Clarke, Herbert E. "Doots", 89, widower of Toler Ransone Clarke, died Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. He is survived by his son Lee Ransone Clarke and his wife Linda, their 3 children Mindy, Chase and Elly, daughter Susan Clarke Young and her 2 children Brittany and James, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Born in New Kent County, VA he attended grammar and high school there. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University while in the military and later graduated from The University of Richmond. He was a member of the 95th Infantry Division in WWII seeing action in Europe. Twice wounded he received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, several battle ribbons and a medal he frequently laughed about i.e. The Good Conduct Medal. His entire business career was spent with the former Reynolds Metals Company largely in Marketing & Sales reaching the level of National Sales Manager in the Flexible Packaging Division. He had assignments several times in Richmond plus Louisville, Detroit and twice in the Chicago offices. He was a member of various fraternal, service and social organizations both in Richmond and other cities in which he lived. He set an example of good cheer, courtesy, civility and old time Southern humility that most of us will never duplicate.
The family will receive friends at the Woody's Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Road Saturday, May 3rd from 3:30 to 6:30pm. A graveside service will be held at the New Kent Chapel Church .It is locate 1.3 miles east of New Kent Courthouse on Route 623 (Cooks Mill Road), New Kent at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 4th. Afterwards attendees are invited to the Clarke family farm nearby for a reception at 13220 Clarke Road, Route 678. No flowers please.
Arrangements under the direction of Woody Funeral Home-Parham, Richmond, VA.